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Ex-MLA to quit BJP as Yediyurappa battles audio tape

Kage decided to leave the BJP following a categorical statement from the CM at a party meet in Hubballi last week that the party would field all 17 disqualified MLAs in recognition of their sacrifice, according to the leaked tapes.

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Nov 04, 2019, 11.35 PM IST
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The leaked tapes contain Yediyurappa’s alleged remarks suggesting that the resignations of 17 rival MLAs were blessed and supervised by BJP president Amit Shah, exacerbating the crisis for the CM who is fighting multiple political battles both within the party and outside.
BENGALURU: A senior BJP leader from Belagavi district, Raju Kage, is expected to quit the party in protest against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s kowtowing to disqualified Congress-JD (S) MLAs, as a result of which he will not be able to contest the December 5 bypolls on the BJP ticket.

Kage lost the assembly election last year to the Congress candidate Shrimant Patil. But a year later, the situation has changed – Patil has deserted the Congress and is tipped to contest as the BJP candidate from Kagwad.

Kage decided to leave the BJP following a categorical statement from the CM at a party meet in Hubballi last week that the party would field all 17 disqualified MLAs in recognition of their sacrifice, according to the leaked tapes.

These tapes have also landed the CM minister in trouble. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the Congress party’s arguments on Tuesday about the audio clip it has furnished as a piece of evidence to establish that the BJP resorted to “unconstitutional” means to bring down the JD(S)-Congress regime.

The disqualified lawmakers have submitted before the court that they resigned on their own volition, while seeking to set aside their disqualification.

The leaked tapes contain Yediyurappa’s alleged remarks suggesting that the resignations of 17 rival MLAs were blessed and supervised by BJP president Amit Shah, exacerbating the crisis for the CM who is fighting multiple political battles both within the party and outside. Although the disqualified MLA eyeing the Kagwad seat, Patil, has yet to publicly acknowledge Kage’s resignation, he has publicly commented about it in recent days.

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